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  1. TBT: Addison Russell playing ping pong

    Feb 20, 2014, 3:02 PM PST

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    Addison Russell is a quick learner. The 20-year-old A’s top prospect hadn’t picked up a ping pong paddle before the 2013 baseball season. Since the Stockton Ports clubhouse has a table, he decided to learn how to play. His teammates may have said it best at the time, when they claimed that Russell is the…

  2. TBT: Jim Harbaugh and the 49ers by the numbers

    Jan 9, 2014, 3:31 PM PST

    The addition of Jim Harbaugh has changed the 49ers for the better. (Credit: Kyle Terada-US PRESSWIRE)

    On this week in 2011, the 49ers altered the course of their franchise by hiring Jim Harbaugh. The move was announced on Jan. 7, 2011, in a formal press conference — complete with entrance music. The music was a bit strange, but, hey, the 49ers were excited to get their man. Harbaugh was signed to…

  3. TBT: Kaepernick’s record-setting day against the Packers

    Jan 2, 2014, 5:39 PM PST

    Colin Kaepernick became a household name after a record-setting performance against the Packers.
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    Colin Kaepernick led the San Francisco 49ers to a 5-2 record after taking the starting quarterback job from Alex Smith, but he didn’t emerge as a star in the National Football League until Jan. 12, 2013. On that day, he shredded the Green Bay Packers defense for 444 yards and four touchdowns. Kaepernick was born in…

  4. TBT: Giants take on outfielder Michael Morse and his epic ’80s walk-up song

    Dec 12, 2013, 3:15 PM PST

    Michael Morse could create a new tradition in San Francisco. (Credit: Joe Nicholson-USA TODAY Sports)

    The San Francisco Giants had an aha! moment when they chose to take on outfielder Michael Morse. The right-handed slugger might add more than one kind of pop to the Giants, because he brings along a radical ’80s walk-up song.

  5. TBT: The Bay Area’s All-Turkey Team

    Nov 28, 2013, 1:24 PM PST

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    Bay Area sports fans have a lot to be thankful for this holiday season. After spending time reflecting on everything that we are truly blessed to have in our lives, it’s time to talk turkey. Here is our 2013 All-Turkey team. It’s a list filled with athletes that entered the year with high expectations, but…

  6. TBT: Hooray for the internet

    Nov 21, 2013, 5:12 PM PST

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    Next time you squint your eyes and draw your face ever closer to the warm glow of the computer monitor to closely examine fantasy football stats, take a moment to think of the brilliant minds that made the internet a possibility on this day. Can you believe people used to manually tabulate stats and do actual…

  7. TBT: The Bay Area is rich in MVP tradition

    Nov 14, 2013, 5:04 PM PST

    Barry Bonds has won a record 7 MVP awards. (AP)

    The 2013 Most Valuable Player awards were handed out by the Baseball Writers Association of America on Thursday. Detroit Tigers third baseman Miguel Cabrera and Pittsburgh Pirates outfielder Andrew McCutchen took home the honors. While the baseball world adamantly debates the decisions of the writers (seriously, how can Mike Trout be snubbed two years in…

  8. TBT: John Elway’s jersey to be retired by Stanford

    Nov 7, 2013, 5:28 PM PST

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    It’s a moment 30 years in the making. On Thursday, the Stanford Cardinal will retire John Elway’s No. 7 jersey at halftime. Elway will join Jim Plunkett and Ernie Nevers to become just the third football player to have his number retired by Stanford University. In this edition of Throwback Thursday, we’ll take a look…

  9. TBT: Bay Area sports figures in costume

    Oct 31, 2013, 8:00 AM PST

    The 49ers Gold Rush getting into costume for Halloween. (Kyle Tereda/USA Today Sports Images)

    Pictures say a thousand words, but some of these photos will leave you speechless. In this Halloween edition of Throwback Thursday, we’re looking at some of the Bay Area’s star athletes in costume. Shockingly, most of these photos didn’t take place on Halloween.

  10. TBT: Sandoval slugs three homers in World Series Game 1

    Oct 24, 2013, 2:12 PM PST

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    The Detroit Tigers were heavy favorites to beat the San Francisco Giants in the 2012 World Series. That quickly changed when Pablo Sandoval launched three home runs in the first game. On this day in 2012, Justin Verlander and Barry Zito took the mound in San Francisco for Game 1 of the World Series. It…

  11. TBT: October 10 has been a good day in A’s history

    Oct 10, 2013, 4:34 PM PST

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    The Oakland Athletics have found good fortune on this day in history. As they get set to take on the Detroit Tigers in a win-or-go-home Game 5, here’s a brief history lesson. Oct. 10, 1990: The A’s swept the Boston Red Sox in the American League Championship Series. Dave Stewart started the game and only…

  12. TBT: Rating the signature songs of our Bay Area sports teams

    Oct 3, 2013, 5:45 PM PST

    Barry Bonds dressed as Paula Abdul for "Giants Idol" in Spring Training of 2007 (Ben Margot / AP)

    The Bay Area is rich in culture. Musical acts like Metallica, Green Day, Huey Lewis and the News, Grateful Dead, Journey and many more have local ties. In this edition of Throwback Thursday, we’re throwing it back to some songs from Bay Area sports history that we may not hold as high in regard. In…

  13. TBT: Canseco and Bonds become the first two 40/40 club members

    Sep 26, 2013, 4:03 PM PST

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    The 40/40 club could be the most exclusive group in Major League Baseball. Only four players have managed to hit 40 home runs and steal 40 bases in a single season. Two of those athletes did it while playing in the Bay Area. On this week in sports history, Jose Canseco and Barry Bonds both…

  14. TBT: Willie Mays announces his retirement

    Sep 19, 2013, 2:01 PM PST

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    In this edition of Throwback Thursday: “The Say Hey Kid” says goodbye after 22 seasons in Major League Baseball. Also, see why Jason Giambi made A’s history this week, and why this is a special time for the 49ers.

  15. TBT: Rick Langford tosses his 22nd consecutive complete game

    Sep 12, 2013, 4:13 PM PST

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    Right now, the Tampa Bay Rays pitching staff leads Major League Baseball with eight complete games. In 1980, Oakland Athletics pitcher Rick Langford went the distance 28 times. On this day in 1980, Langford, a right-handed pitcher, tossed his 22nd consecutive complete game for the A’s to defeat the Kansas City Royals 9-5. Langford’s complete…

  16. TBT: The A’s 20-game win streak

    Sep 5, 2013, 6:10 PM PST

    The 2002 Oakland Athletics had the best chance at winning it all based on health.

    On this week in 2002, the Oakland Athletics did something crazy, just plain crazy. The date was Sept. 4, 2002, and the A’s jumped out to an early 11-0 lead over the Kansas City Royals through three innings. The Oakland Coliseum was filled to capacity as the Bay Area was eager to witness history (keep…

  17. TBT: Say Hey! Did you know Willie Mays smashed 17 homers in a single month?

    Aug 29, 2013, 12:29 PM PST

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    On this day in 1965, Willie Mays hit his 17th home run of the month. At the time, it was a National League record for the month of August. Sammy Sosa eventually hit 17 homers in August of 2001, to equal Mays’ mark. Mays’ August achievement remains one of the hottest stretches in San Francisco…

  18. TBT: Juan Marichal attacks John Roseboro with a bat

    Aug 22, 2013, 12:08 PM PST

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    The bad blood between the Giants and Dodgers hit a boiling point on this day in 1965, after Giants pitcher Juan Marichal hit Dodgers catcher John Roseboro with a bat. The incident sparked a 14-minute brawl between the rival teams. The attack became the most memorable moment in a heated competition for the National League…

  19. TBT: After losing his arm and career, Dave Dravecky had to find himself

    Aug 15, 2013, 11:44 AM PST

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    “I was cruising, back in the saddle. We were winning and I’m feeling great. All of a sudden I go out in the sixth inning, rear back to throw a fastball to Tim Raines and my left arm snaps in half. My career was over.”

  20. Throwback Thursday: 756

    Aug 8, 2013, 12:25 PM PST

    Barry Bonds has won a record 7 MVP awards. (AP)

    On this week in Bay Area sports history, Bonds hit his 756th home run and was figuratively crowned as Major League Baseball’s home run king.

  21. Throwback Thursday: The Man of Steal

    Aug 1, 2013, 12:13 PM PST

    Rickey Henderson salutes the crowd after stealing his 100th base on August 2, 1982. -- ASSOCIATED PRESS

    Before Rickey Henderson became the greatest base thief of all-time, he had to reach the century mark. On this week in 1982, he swiped his 100th base and went on to steal 30 more that year.

  22. Throwback Thursday: Roseanne’s wretched anthem performance

    Jul 25, 2013, 1:07 PM PST

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    One fateful day 23 years ago, Roseanne Barr desecrated the national anthem. It’s video that’s hard to watch, but tougher not to.

  23. Throwback Thursday: The 2002 All-Star Game tie debacle

    Jul 18, 2013, 4:01 PM PST

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    This time, it didn’t count. In this edition of Throwback Thursday, we’re looking back on the 2002 All-Star Game debacle at Miller Park in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. The game ended in an 11-inning, 7-7 tie, leaving Major League Baseball commissioner Bud Selig with egg on his face in his hometown.

  24. Throwback Thursday: Tyson banned for biting Holyfield’s ears

    Jul 11, 2013, 11:49 AM PST

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    “The image of someone’s ear cartilage tumbling to the canvas never leaves you.”

  25. Throwback Thursday: Local hero Joey Chestnut wins the Mustard Belt

    Jul 4, 2013, 9:00 AM PST

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    On this day in 2007, San Jose native Joey “Jaws” Chestnut did the unthinkable, gorging 66 hot dogs in 12 minutes to defeat six-time Nathan’s Famous Fourth of July International Hot Dog Eating Contest champion Takeru Kobayashi.

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